Speech to Text for Senator Merkley Port Orford Town Hall
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for the latest update. andryanna says: "the port orford community center was packed full of people with questions. many concerned with climate change and the government shutdown ." as senator merkley walked into his port orford town hall this afternoon, he was met with a standing ovation. nats claps and what not many attendees were eager to hear what he's working on nats claps and what not many attendees were eager to hear what he's working on back on in washington, d.c. ----particularly in regards to the government shutdown. there's been terrible storms here the last few weeks and those coasties have been helping people in those 30 foot waves for nothing." today marks the 32-nd day of the shutdown---the longest in u-s history. senator merkley told the room there have been 7 spending bills that president trump supported and then later opposed. he described the shutdown as a government hostage situation. merkley says: we shouldn't have the coast guard and tsa and all sorts of other works working without pay and others furloughed when we need those services. it's not fair to them. it's not fair to society. let's put this government back to work." i spoke to one port orford man who agrees the government needs to get working again, but says it's the democrats that need to negotiate and compromise with the president. chris says: "i agree that we need to get together and get this government up and running again. and to me, it's on the democrats for not being willing. president trump stayed in washington and said come to the table and they were off in puerto rico and hawai'i. as a native to southern california who's daughter workers as a border patrol agent, chris weiss says he's disappointed democrats are not in support of a border wall. in port orford, andryanna sheppard, newswatch 12. on our website kdrv dot com we have even more coverage of